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The Problem With the Teenage Brain

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The Problem With the Teenage Brain

Using a metallic marker for eyeliner.

Dying a cat pink.

Putting tuna fish in a gas tank.

Throwing a leather armchair into a swimming pool after lighting it on fire.

Driving a moped into the ocean.

Attaching bungee cords to a television and throwing it off the roof.

Replacing the vodka in the near empty bottle with water thinking no one will notice.

Using a hypodermic needle to inject liquor into innocent looking citrus fruit and bringing it to school in your lunchbox.

And I could go on and on. These are all acts committed by teenagers, that I either witnessed or had some hand in (I am happy to say none of these were my ideas and no, I didn’t dye a cat pink). These were all acts of questionable intelligence and virtually no common sense committed by teenagers, when I was indeed one of them. It is common knowledge that teenagers, while often incredibly resourceful and intellectually impressive, will often do a lot of stupid stuff. For most adults it is baffling, sometimes amusing, but oftentimes infuriating.

Now comes news that intellectual misfires like the ones I outlined above are not a product of teenagers being dumb or simply not thinking. It is more of an indication not of what they are thinking, but how they are thinking.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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5:49AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

We all know teens do many things to fit in. I can't say I was ever brought up in a way to even consider anything mentioned above. I was not perfect. There were things I did but not anything close to what is mentioned here.

Thank You for the interesting Information.

11:35AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

This is actually really cool :) Thanks for sharing.

9:49PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

The differences now are what we feed teenagers, how we instill discipline in teenagers, how we supervise teenagers, and how we do or don't socialize teenagers from the mammals that they are born into the people we need them to become.

I completely agree with JennyLynn.W

3:41PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I've seen teens do the most amazingly stupid things, I'm not surprised at all.

8:19PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for the info

8:30AM PDT on Jul 4, 2010

interesting

1:43PM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

It would seem that the basic problem with teenage behavior is the parents brains, or lack thereof.

5:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

I guess it´s a matter of looking at different points of view taking sometime to listen to the person in front and not wanting to express power over that particular person.
Power with common sense is different from power without an ego well located.

5:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

I guess it´s a matter of looking at different points of view taking sometime to listen to the person in front and not wanting to express power over that particular person.
Power with common sense is different from power without an ego well located.

1:03PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

I'm a teenager and I've never done anything nearly as dumb as the things in this article. Actually, I really can't think of any teenagers I know who have... I think it's a few teens who give the rest of us the reputation of being crazy.

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Not at all funny. Poor little soul was terrified.

Interesting ideas. I'm gonna get one now. Chao :)

If I was living in the country I would have hundreds of bird homes setup around the cottage by now.

We ALL should be non-judgemental and kinder and it seems to be in our society everywhere. Television…

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